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Thursday 25 August 2005, by Theo

A follow up to PROJECT RESTORATION (see below) with useful information about roof terraces (or lack of) ..


As often happens, whilst I was grappling with the "des res" in the previous article, we were offered the even smaller house opposite at an affordable price. The house subsequently became ours. As ever, what was supposed to be a quick clean up and coat of paint became a full on building site, as the various possibilities presented themselves.

The one big disappointment was the refusal of a building permit to put up a roof terrace. This is an important fact to take into account for anyone considering renovating a village property down here. There is often no outside space with these houses and a roof terrace can add considerably to the value of the house. But different mairies’ attitudes towards roof terraces vary wildly. Before signing for a property, always take the trouble to speak to the local mairie. They are generally very helpful and pleased to be as co-operative as possible. You should never take the estate agent’s word as gospel.

I am pleased to be able to say that we had no difficulty in selling PR2. It should be said that I put great emphasis on a high standard of finish, which buyers always appreciate.

After a brief summer pause, I have put back on the steel capped boots and dust mask and am cracking into PR3.


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